NEW office and toilet/shower buildings are earmarked at a recycling centre as part of planned improvements.

The buildings are set to be installed at Cheshire East’s Knutsford household waste recycling centre off Mobberley Road, Shaw Heath.

Planning approval is sought for two single-storey modular office and welfare units.

The application includes replacing and relocating welcome signs at the entrance to the site and replacing and adjusting sections of the boundary fencing.

A report with the application said: “The site houses a small single storey brick building next to the exit gate. Access to the building is via a door that is outside the existing site boundary.

“The building houses the site office and a small kitchenette. On the opposite side of the exit gate is small-prefabricated site toilet.

“The office building and separate toilet are in a state of disrepair and considered to be beyond economical repair.

“The replacement of the two units will provide an upgrade to facilities for staff and visitors.

“One of the cabins would house an improved office and be used as a front of house welcome point for site visitors, with a small equipment drying room.

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The current site office building

“The other would serve as ancillary space, containing a new breakout space, new toilet and new shower.

“The existing boundary fence line would be adjusted to afford access into the new office from within the context of the site.

“The northern boundary chain-link fence is in a poor state of repair, and would be replaced, with its line adjusted accordingly to accommodate the new welfare unit.

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“Existing site signage is the only form of identifying the site’s location, and in particular the public entrance.

“The existing signage is partially hidden when approaching from either direction, but particularly difficult to see when travelling east.

“As the site’s designated entrance and exit both lead off and on to Mobberley Road, it is easy to be become confused as to which gate should be used to access the site.

“The existing pole-mounted signage at the main vehicle entrance has deteriorated in condition and is need of replacement.

“The existing sign is located tight against the site boundary and foliage with a slight westerly facing orientation. It is proposed to replace this sign.

“The intention is to remove any existing signage from the site boundary that has potential to cause confusion and install a new splayed signage provision on the grass verge, offset from the new boundary fencing.”